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"Diverse individuals concerned about where things come from are 'championing a return to craftsmanship and artisanal making,' Ms. Causey writes, adding that 'witnessing this firsthand is exhilarating.' So is turning the pages of her winsome tour in pictures and brief interviews." -- New York Times

"The words 'handmade' and 'maker' can feel like buzzwords, but Jen Causey brings them to life with respect and reverence for the skill, talent, and people behind them. I've been a fan of her website since the beginning and am thrilled to see the next generation of great makers celebrated and brought to life through Jen's photographs. Whether you're new to the handmade community or have been supporting it for years, this is a book that everyone should own. It's not only beautiful to flip through, but is a much-needed peek behind the scenes that helps us understand why is it so important to support makers of all types." -- Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

"Jennifer Causey captures the craftsmanship of 30 of the borough's artisans. You'll find colorful images of her subjects--including chocolatiers, florists, and metalsmiths--and their workspaces, plus insightful Q&As." -- Martha Stewart Living

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Jennifer Causey is a food and lifestyle photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (November 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890742
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laksmi on January 24, 2013
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This book is like a series of magazine articles--brief, insubstantial ones, with maybe half a dozen Q&A questions, 5-8 photos, and an intro paragraph for each. The photos are attractive, but with many of the artists, I couldn't get a sense of what their work actually looked like. One of the jewelry designers: no clue at all what she made. The full-page photo accompanying some candy maker looked partly like a half-sheet pan of tomato sauce, which I suspect it's not, and it's mostly out of focus because of the close up. One section on a florist was very pretty, but I felt like I was getting eyestrain trying to figure out what one of her arrangements might look like. Etc. I know it's not a catalog but I'd prefer to have a stronger sense of what the makers actually make, rather than just an artfully arranged still life of materials, or a close-up of a cup of tea or of someone's hands. Apparently artists spend a lot of time styling things and don't actually get materials dirty. The photos seemed to convey more about the aesthetic of the photographer than the creative vision or characters of the artists themselves, unless they are all similar. Maybe it is supposed to be more of a celebration of creativity in general. The book gives a sense of the fertile creative scene in Brooklyn--which can be, yes, precious--and it's fun to see what people are up to, but I guess I was hoping for more insight and more visual inspiration from a book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elise on November 29, 2012
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Stunning book showcasing Brooklyn craftsmen. I love seeing the slower pace of New York--the dedication to a craft and the creation of a beautiful product.
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I lived in Brooklyn (Greenpoint, to be exact!) for four months, and completely fell in love with the place. The creative atmosphere there truly is one-of-a-kind, and so inspiring. The author is able to convey this beautifully through the images in this book. The only tweak I'd make, if I could, is the inclusion of more text. While I love the images, there are some artisans in here without so much as a single interview question! Still, it's a lovely book to flip through and it makes me completely nostalgic for Brooklyn. I'd recommend it.
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By Izzy on October 18, 2013
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I love this book and the Brooklynites featured. The short interviews and beautiful photography will make you want to start your own creative business.
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